Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Photo: Eddie Murphy at the The First Annual Comedy Awards

Show business might be larger-than-life, but it’s definitely not recession-proof. Film studios give major moolah to celebrities, expecting a return on their costly moving picture investments. In some cases, they bet on a winning horse and win big, like Shia La Beouf, whose movies gross $160 per $1 paid to the 23-year-old star. Forbes just released the top 10 most overpaid actors, and there are a few big surprises.

Drew Barrymore toppled the list, with her movies returning just 40 cents per every dollar she’s paid. Uh, Fever Pitch, anyone? (Crickets). Following up the baby-faced Barrymore is former comedic heavyweight Eddie Murphy. Eddie’s movies make an average of $2.70 per every dollar paid him, but the tides might turn with the release of Tower Heist.

The list:

  1. Drew Barrymore
  2. Eddie Murphy
  3. Will Ferrell
  4. Reese Witherspoon
  5. Denzel Washington
  6. Nicolas Cage
  7. Adam Sandler
  8. Vince Vaughn
  9. Tom Cruise
  10. Nicole Kidman



Source: Forbes

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